Wolves kill four hunting hounds in ID

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Wolves killed four hound dogs valued at several thousand dollars near Moody Bench earlier this month.

Idaho Fish and Game official Gregg Losinski reported that wolves killed the dogs while they were hunting for black bears. The owner had allowed the dogs to run off in search of the bears.

“These were not dogs in a person’s yard or with an individual on a trail. These were dogs that were let loose to track down a black bear and to tree a black bear,” he said.

Wolves prove notoriously territorial and will kill hunting dogs thinking they’re part of a rival pack, Losinski said.

“Wolves don’t see hound dogs as dogs but as other wolves. In their world, they kill the other pack that’s there. It’s not about emotions. It’s about survival. They’re programmed to do that,” he said.

Fish and Game believes the wolves responsible for killing the dogs are part of a wolf group called the White Owl Pack. There’s not much that Fish and Game officials can do about the attacks other than to warn dog owners that there is a wolf population.

“All we can do is alert people that Idaho is a wild place. When you go out there, things happen. Hopefully you’re in control,” he said. “If you know there’s wolves in the area, we encourage hunters not to release their dogs in the area.”

If a dog owner caught a wolf attacking his pet, the owner is within his rights to shoot the wolf. But you can’t just shoot a wolf unless it is hunting season. The state gives residents the chance to do that by summer’s end. It’s allowed wolf hunting for the past five years.

“Depending on where you’re at, you can harvest five wolves through hunting and five through trapping,” Losinski said.

The wolves’ hide is often highly sought after, he said.

“The pelt of the wolf is in its prime during the winter and is a desirable pelt on people’s walls,” Losinski said.

It’s often difficult to successfully hunt and kill a wolf, but that’s what often motivates sportsmen, he said.

“Hunting is oftentimes not about food but for the sport of it,” he said.

Right now the state is in the middle of black bear hunting season. Wolf hunting starts Aug. 30.

In the meantime, Losinski urged hunters to be cautious.

“Do your homework. If you hear wolves, it is not advisable to release hound dogs in that area,” he said.

Losinski also warned that another wild animal, the grizzly bear, will run after dogs if they don’t kill them first.

“Grizzly bears pursue hound dogs. They chase them back to their owners. Black bears will tree,” he said.

Losinski likens the situation to someone fishing for minnows, knowing perfectly well that there’s a shark nearby.

“It’s about situational awareness. Think about where you’re at and what you should do,” he said. “It’s all part of the sport and knowing what you’re getting into.”

11 thoughts on “Wolves kill four hunting hounds in ID

  1. “Depending on where you’re at, you can harvest five wolves through hunting and five through trapping,” Losinski said.

    What a joke, what a shame, harvest a living being through killing or worse!

  2. “Grizzly bears pursue hound dogs. They chase them back to their owners. Black bears will tree,” he said.

    This is where there will be trouble with the delisting of grizzlies. Hunting will invite bad encounters, not prevent them. It will be an ungodly mess to delist them. Let’s not allow what’s happened with wolves to happen to Grizzlies. Hunting wolves in August, sheesh! Let’s hope the plagues of flies and mosquitoes descent upon them!

  3. So hunters take their dogs into the wilderness to chase down terrified bears so they can be killed. The dogs out after bears are killed by wolves. So I’m guessing the hunters will want to go gunning for wolves to kill, either legally or illegally, for revenge. Par for the course for the good old boys. All the animals lose.

  4. “The pelt of the wolf is in its prime during the winter and is a desirable pelt on people’s walls,” Losinski said. Yes, cause it’s all about “conservation” and “respect for wildlife” isn’t it?

  5. Hunters don’t give a damn about their dogs – they are expendable objects to them, nothing more. Such low-life despicable filth.

  6. Doesn’t it just turn your stomach to think there are people out there who enjoy this sort of thing? And that taking an animals life is condoned for a wall hanging? Just disgusting.

    If the bears our delisted, there must be a lawsuit before hunting starts. If I remember correctly, Obama administration had delisted wolves once, then there was a court case relisting them, but in between, before they were listed again, the scumbags shot a few wall hangings. What will hang those states is scrutiny over their ‘hunting plans’. I can hardly wait to see them. Advocates need to make sure there is no ‘loophole’ for hunting between lawsuits!

  7. Those who hunt with hounds are the absolute cesspool of the “sportsmen” jerks, and that is saying a lot given my opinion of “sportsmen” in general. I despise them with every cell of my being, and I have no sympathy for their “loss.”

  8. It looks like black bears usually give birth in January or February, so that means this year’s cubs are only 4 to 6 months old. Why would IDFG set a “season” when babies and lactating females are so vulnerable? Sure, hunters are not “allowed” to target cubs and mothers, but anyone with even one brain cell knows what that means (absolutely nothing). The people who commit these crimes and who make these rules and who promote killing are monsters. What do these monsters think hounds do to cubs? Oh, that’s right. They’re good with torture, mutilation, maiming, regardless of the victim’s age or species. It makes my skin crawl.

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